Circumstances always dictate the requirements of your industrial wireless network.

The need to communicate Ethernet data over long distances and difficult terrain may require the use of a licensed, lower frequency, high output power radio for your network.

unlicensed radio frequencies for industrial wireless networks

These licensed radios have a significantly lower bandwidth but are quite compatible with Ethernet communication – half of the radios we deploy use Ethernet on a licensed VHF/UHF frequency, providing Ethernet connections for difficult applications.

But there is a trade-off. Just because the radio provides an Ethernet connection, that doesn’t mean data transfer will be at Ethernet speed. To account for this, the amount of data sent through the network needs to be controlled. That control occurs in two different ways.

First of all, ESTeem builds network optimization controls (usually found in managed Ethernet switches) into our industrial radios that manage the data flow. Some initial set-up is required, but we’ve done a lot of the work for you to designate within our modems how often – and in what fashion – data will be pulled and sent.

The second factor completely depends on cooperation from the network owner and operators. Despite the Ethernet connectivity, the comparatively low throughput demands that the amount of data sent over the network be strictly controlled. Overloading the system with a wide range of devices simply because of the presence of Ethernet will result in poor performance and lost data.

Careful planning during the design of your industrial wireless network will result in a clear explanation of what your specific system can bear. Adhering to those parameters will help ensure the best performance possible from your network.

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